Executive Training Program for Soviet Managers


  • Prem Gandhi State University of New York at Plattsburgh
  • Alan Lessler State University of New York at Plattsburgh


Executive Training, International Students, Soviet Union


In 1991, the State University of New York (SUNY) at Plattsburgh, through its Institute for International Business Education, Research, and Training, conducted four open market economy training seminars for one hundred business executives from several of the former Soviet Union's Republics. The project was a joint venture with the International Business School in Moscow. The academic program was conducted primarily by SUNY Plattsburgh' s School of Business and Economics faculty, augmented by regional private sector professionals. Field trips, recreational, social, and cultural activities were emphasized. The program was considered to be successful, both for its intellectual content and its usefulness. As a side but not significant effect stereotypical thinking by hosts and guests alike tended to diminish. Overall, the training program helped to renew IBERTs and SUNY Plattsburgh' s commitment to international business education and training.